Sorting out the 2015-16 Panini Court Kings Basketball rookie levels



By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Art comes in lots of different styles and forms. Whether it’s realist, abstract or somewhere in between, art looks different to everyone. And while you’re not going to find Monet or Picasso in 2015-16 Panini Court Kings Basketball, the approach to variety is there, particularly when it comes to rookies.

Numbered as part of the main set, there are six tiers of rookies in 2015-16 Panini Court Kings. Each has their own look, particularly when it comes to backgrounds. There’s also varied rarities to make the chase a little more challenging for those chasing full runs of specific players or a master base set.

For most of the Rookies, the player images have a similar look. They use artistic filters but nothing too over-the-top. Rather, the variety comes in the background. Some are on the plain side while others to it to extremes in color and patterns. Rookies IV is the most distinct of the six, These have a black and white look.

2015-16 Panini Court Kings Basketball Rookies vary greatly in print runs. The most common two are not serial numbered. The remaining four are, starting at print runs of 299 for each of the Rookies III down to only ten copies for Rookies VI.

Each level has the same checklist of 33 rookies including Karl Anthony-Towns, Kristaps Porzingis and Jahlil Okafor.

Below is a gallery of all six 2015-16 Panini Court Kings Basketball Rookies levels as well as a list of players featured in each.

2015-16 Panini Court Kings Basketball Rookies

Rookies I


2015-16 Panini Court Kings Rookies I Karl-Anthony Towns

Rookies II


2015-16 Panini Court Kings Rookies II Karl-Anthony Towns

Rookies III – /299


2015-16 Panini Court Kings Rookies III Karl-Anthony Towns

Rookies IV – /175


2015-16 Panini Court Kings Rookies IV Kristaps Porzingis

Rookies V – /75


2015-16 Panini Court Kings Rookies V Karl-Anthony Towns

Rookies VI – /10


2015-16 Panini Court Kings Rookie VI Nance

2015-16 Panini Court Kings Basketball Rookies List

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Justise Winslow, Miami Heat
Sam Dekker, Houston Rockets
Larry Nance Jr., Los Angeles Lakers
D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
Jerian Grant, New York Knicks
R.J. Hunter, Boston Celtics
Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia 76ers
Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz
Delon Wright, Toronto Raptors
Montrezl Harrell, Houston Rockets
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Justin Anderson, Dallas Mavericks
Jordan Mickey, Boston Celtics
Mario Hezonja, Orlando Magic
Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder
Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls
Anthony Brown, Los Angeles Lakers
Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings
Kelly Oubre Jr., Washington Wizards
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn Nets
Pat Connaughton, Portland Trail Blazers
Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets
Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics
Tyus Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves
Joe Young, Indiana Pacers
Stanley Johnson, Detroit Pistons
Rashad Vaughn, Milwaukee Bucks
Jarell Martin, Memphis Grizzlies
Branden Dawson, Los Angeles Clippers

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Chris Harris 5 January, 2016 at 11:40

    The cards look nice but, how on earth are you supposed to collect a set that’s serial-numbered to ten? Or does Panini think basketball card collectors even care?

  2. IamNotARobot 6 January, 2016 at 14:30

    With six different cards of each rookie, only one of them can really be a true rookie card, right? The “RC” stamp is very misleading and misused by companies. Not all six cards for each rookie is a true “RC” card.

    I like the background and different photo variety. Like Chris said, how would a set builder finish a set if there is only a print run of 10 cards for 33 players? Hopefully Panini doesn’t drag this concept to the football sets for next year. If they do, making the different photo/background cards a parallel set would make more sense than having six “RC’s” to me.

    • Ryan Cracknell 7 January, 2016 at 11:02

      Typically, in these sorts of tiered sets, the most common version gets the RC tag. Several sets have done something similar over the years.

  3. IamNotARobot 7 January, 2016 at 13:30

    Ryan, I figured that was the case for the rookie card. My point us, when manufacturers label all cards for a rookie, including inserts, with “RC” and the words “Rookie Card”, that info can be misleading. I can see how new collector’s to the hobby get confused or discouraged when every parallel, insert and jersey card has that tag on it. I’ve seen hundreds of cards on auction sites mislabeled as a RC when they are inserts or parallels. I list the card as a rookie year card when it is not a true rookie, regardless of the RC tag on it.

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